Silent French-directed film, The Artist, hopes to make a lot of noise at the Golden Globes on Sunday, aiming to add to a string of awards and nominations ahead of the Oscars. But it faces stiff competition from a slew of films starring A-listers George Clooney, Angelina Jolie, and Meryl Streep, who was nominated for her gripping turn as British premier Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady.
British comic Ricky Gervais is back for the third time as Globes host, invited back despite ruffling some Hollywood feathers with near-the-bone jokes at last year’s show.
The Artist, by French filmmaker Michel Hazanavicius, tops the Globes nominees this year with nods in six categories including best musical or comedy and best director. The black-and-white film, billed as a tribute to the silent movie era, tells the story of silent star George Valentin, played by Jean Dujardin, whose career is torpedoed by the arrival of the ‘talkies’.
Other leading nominees include The Help, The Descendants and Moneyball. Notable absentees from the shortlist were Terrence Malick’s critically acclaimed The Tree Of Life and Cold War thriller, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. A Los Angeles newspaper, however, noted that the shortlists were celebrity-heavy, testifying to the reputation of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) for getting star power on the red carpet.
In this film publicity image released by The Weinstein Company, Jean Dujardin portrays George Valentin in The Artist. The film topped the list with six nominations. (AP Photo/The Weinstein Company)